A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality: A Select History of Experimental Music
The Gramercy Theater
127 E. 23rd Street
Friday, November 20 - Saturday, November 21, 8:00pm
A mini-festival of noise music curated by visual artist Mike Kelley. Born in a suburb of Detroit in 1954, Mike Kelley was brought up with the city’s music scene, which spawned bands such as Iggy and the Stooges and MC5. In 1973, Kelley formed his own band, the now seminal Destroy All Monsters. “A Fantastic World” continues Kelley’s continued interest in musical subcultures and focuses specifically on avant-garde music and sound art that employs elements such as cacophony, dissonance, and atonality.
JOAN LA BARBARA, JOHN CAGE, TONY CONRAD, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, JAD FAIR & LUMBEROB, FRED FRITH, FLUXUS, ARTO LINDSAY, MAX NEUHAUS, GENESIS BREYER P.ORRIDGE, STOCKHAUSEN, Z’EV, THURSTON MOORE AND RYAN SAWYER, CHRISTIAN MARCLAY AND SHELLEY HIRSCH, JOHN DUNCAN, JOHN ZORN AND MORE.
Staged over two days, the festival will present both historic works from artists such as John Cage, Fred Frith, Fluxus, Bruce Nauman, and Max Neuhaus as well as performances by contemporary proponents of experimental music including Airway, Joan La Barbara, Tony Conrad, Jad Fair & Lumberob, Arto Lindsay, Genesis Breyer P.Orridge, z’ev, and John Zorn.
Curated by Mike Kelley. Organized and co-curated with Mark Beasley. Produced and presented by Performa.
Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, 6pm – midnight
Tickets: $30 One Day / $50 Both Days / $25 Performa Members One Day / $40 Performa Members Both Days